photo credit: Science Mag
Shock horror… I’ve never been to Australia. Well actually I’ve never been further than the 5 hour flight to Cyprus before. My dad can’t fly long distances as it messes with his back so I’ve never ventured to America or Australia before. I’m hoping to save up and one day make it to either of the countries. I didn’t take a year abroad during University, but so many of my friends and others on my course did. Most of them went to Australia and I was just in awe, I really wish I went because it looked like the best year out. Hell, most of them have now finished their degree and moved to Australia to work. While here I am, writing out the reasons why I want to go and the places I want to visit or do… I recently wrote a post on the 25 things I wanted to do before I turn 25, one of them being to visit Australia.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
I think I have wanted to visit here since I was around 10 years old and Finding Nemo came out. It must be quite impressive as it is the largest living thing on Earth, also making it the largest coral reef in the world too. Although it was stated the Great Barrier Reef was dying, but now they have find new eggs? Either way I would still love to visit.
2. Bondi Beach
For one reason it’s the most visited beach in Sydney, but secondly I’d love to go surfing on Bondi Beach. It is another white-sand iconic beach where people can swim all year round.
3. Sydney New Year’s Eve Party
After watching this unfold on the TV and also on friends Instagram stories, this would be something I would really want to go to. The scenes during the fireworks look stunning over the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
photo credit: Bridge Climb
4. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge
I mean the fact you can climb in the day, at twilight, at night and dawn is amazing. I can’t imagine a better view than climbing the Syndey Harbour Bridge and peering down on Australia. Plus imagine the views from a go pro?
With so many beaches to choose from, surfing in some of Australia’s most famous seas would be a dream. After seeing so many of my University friends and others in my year at Uni go abroad to Australia, I’ve seen so many photographs and videos of them all enjoying the country. But mainly, seeing so many people learn to surf whilst we were enjoying the horrific rain and cold weather in winter, they were out surfing through the heat in Australia. I’d like to make a few people jealous and do the same.
6. Kangaroos and Koalas
It might be quite stereotypical of me to want to see Kangaroos and Koalas, but I think they are quite fascinating. After the WWF warns koalas could be wiped out in some states due to deforestation and attacks. As kangaroos are unique to Australia with over 55 kangaroo species across the country, it’s definitely on my Australia bucket list.
photo credit: Wildlife Worldwide
7. Visiting Australia National Parks and Rainforests
With such a huge variety of national parks to choose from, including the Royal National park and the Daintree National Park. I’d especially like to go jungle surfing through the Daintree Rainforest. What better way to view a rainforest than swinging through ropes amongst the trees?
8. Whitehaven Beach
Is it obvious that I live a million miles away from the nearest beach? I used to love visiting Brighton purely for the pebbly beach. So it’s no wonder why I love looking at Australian beaches. Heck, maybe I’d love to do a tour of Australia beaches, do they do that? The white sandy beach is crystal clear and looks divine. It slightly reminds me of the crystal clear beaches in Cyprus which I adore.
Economist Andrew Charlton loves living and working in Sydney, and suggests that there are lots of places that don’t always appear in travel guides, so get exploring.
I’m not actually the best flyer, in fact I’ll probably cry and just finish Sudoku’s for the entirety of the flight. However much I hate flying though, I would never let my fear of flying stop me from travelling abroad and seeing the world.
*This is a collaborative post.